16 JANUARY
   
 

Born On This Day:

  • Andre Michelin, 1853
  • Robert Service, 1874
  • Fulgencio Batista, 1901
  • Phil Harris, 1904
  • Dizzy Dean, 1911
  • Ethel Merman, 1912
  • Francesco Scavullo, 1929
  • Norman Podhoretz, 1930
  • Marilyn Horne, 1943
  • Ronnie Milsap, 1946
  • Dr. Laura Schlessinger, 1947
  • John Carpenter, 1948
  • Debbie Allen, 1950
  • Sade (Helen Folasade Adu), 1959
  • Roy Jones, Jr., 1969
  • Kate Moss, 1974

Died On This Day:

  • Edward Gibbon, 1794
  • Leo Delibes, 1891
  • Marshall Field, 1906
  • Ma Barker and her boys shot, 1935
  • Carole Lombard killed, 1942
  • Arturo Toscanini, 1957
  • Vernon Duke, 1969
  • A.J. Cronin, 1981
  • Earl Wilson, 1987
  • John Mortimer, 2009
  • Andrew Wyeth, 2009

Today's Events:

  • 1493 - Christopher Columbus sets sail for Spain from Hispaniola (now Haiti) after his big discovery.
  • 1547 - Ivan the Terrible, (Ivan IV) first Russian Czar, crowned.
  • 1604 - King James I ends meetings with Puritans at the Hampton Court Conference and agrees to commission new English translation of bible.
  • 1780 - Second battle of Cape St. Vincent with future King William IV (later known as Sailor King).
  • 1786 - Virginia passes religious freedom act, written by Tom Jefferson, precursor to first Amendment.
  • 1868 - Detroit fish salesman, William Davis, granted patent on refrigerated car - 'ice box on wheels.'
  • 1882 - Knights of Columbus fraternal benefit association founded in New Haven, Conn.
  • 1909 - Ernest Shackleton Expedition from Britain reaches magnetic South Pole.
  • 1919 - League of Nations convenes its first meeting in Paris.
  • 1920 - 18th Amendment (Prohibition) comes into effect at midnight; beer, wine, liquor banned from U.S.A.
  • 1928 - Pan Am becomes first U.S. airline to operate permanent international service (to Havana).
  • 1945 - Battle of the Bulge Ends. WWII.
  • 1958 - William Gibson's 'Two For the Seesaw' opens on Broadway at the Booth Theatre.
  • 1964 - 'Hello Dolly' opens 2,844 performance run at St. James Theatre, N.Y. starring Carol Channing.
  • 1973 - 'Bonanza,' TV Western series, airs last episode after 14 years.
  • 1978 - Ward Christiansen and Randy Suess begin to create the first computer bulletin board system in Chi.
  • 1979 - Fall of the Shah of Iran; Shah forced to flee.
  • 1982 - California cuisine is born; Wolfgang Puck's restaurant, Spago, opens in Los Angeles.
  • 2005 - Romanian woman, Adriana Iliescu, becomes world's oldest new mother giving birth at age 67.
  • 2013 - Four day siege in a Sahara Desert Gas plant in Algeria begins; Al Queda takes hostages and kills at least 40.

Feast Day of Saint:

  • Berard and his companions
  • Honoratus of Arles
  • Fursey

Holiday:

  • Day of commemoration of the Temple of Concord

Non-Specific Holiday:

  • YÜAN TAN. Chinese New Year's Day. Based on lunar calendar - starts sunset on day of 2nd New Moon.
  • CHINESE LANTERN FESTIVAL 15th day of first month of lunar calendar marks end of Chinese New Year.
  • TU BI-SHEBAT (Judaism) New Year for Trees, celebrated on 15th of lunar month Shebat.
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 3rd Monday in January
  • ADULTS DAY in Japan - second Monday in January - 'Seijin no hi'
  • SNOW FESTIVAL - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
  • GANESHA CHATURTHI, Hindu Festival of the Elephant God
  • VASANT PANCHAMI, Hindu Festival of Spring and of Saraswati, Goddess of Learning (end of January)
  • PONGAL AND MAKARA SANKRANTI, mid-January, Harvest festival celebrated in Southern India and Singapore
  • LAILAT AL MIRAJ Muslim Festival celebrating ascent of Muhammad into Heaven
  • JAPANESE NEW YEAR - 3 day festival
  • LOHRI, the Hindu Bonfire Festival, celebrated early January

 

 
   
 
 
 
 
 
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